from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the Nile or the Nile Valley.
  • adj. Of or relating to the peoples who speak Nilotic languages.
  • n. A large group of Nilo-Saharan languages, spoken in southern Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and northern Tanzania and including Masai.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Nile or the people who live on its banks.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Nilotic languages or the people who speak them.
  • n. A group of languages spoken in parts of Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the river Nile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the river Nile in Africa: as, Nilotic sediment; the Nilotic delta.
  • In ethnology, denoting the eastern division of the Sudanese negroes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the Nile River or the people living near it
  • adj. of or relating to or constituting the Nilotic group of languages
  • n. a group of languages of East Africa belonging to the Chari-Nile group


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin Nīlōticus, from Nīlōtis, from Greek Neilōtis, from Neilos, Nile.

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From Latin Nīlōticus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek Νειλώτης.


  • T’Shael, a linguist by profession, might have found the term "Nilotic" more applicable.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • These civilizations of the old world, among which the Mesopotamian and the Nilotic were the earliest, were built on no unsound foundations.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

  • The mass of the Egyptian people is to-day, as in Pharaoh's time, of the old "Nilotic" stock.

    The New World of Islam

  • South Sudan has been rent for decades by local conflicts between its three main pastoral Nilotic tribes, the Dinka, Shilluk and Nuer, who routinely launch raids on one another for cattle and women.

    Eric Margolis: Sudan Faces an Earthquake

  • It was a quick three-day excursion on a cruise boat, and once at the nearly vacant house of Sobek, where only a few foreign researchers milled about, I drank in the seemingly mystical exhibition of the crocodile-god in a gallery of ancient Nilotic scenes.

    Richard Bangs: Quest for the Lord of the Nile

  • The Nilotic Egyptians are quite different ethnically from the Arabs of Arabia, Syria and Iraq, but they all share a mostly common language, religion, and sense of pan-Arab identity.

    Eric Margolis: Egypt: The Next Volcano?

  • Curiouser and curiouser, I was to find out that Riccardo Orizio had, since the book's publication, given up his extensive foreign correspondent career to take up residence in one of the last remaining wildernesses of the world: the Masai Mara savanna of Kenya, the 1,500 square mile home of the Maasai, a cattle-herding Nilotic tribe.

    Karin Badt: From Devils to Zebras: Riccardo Orizio's Safari in Kenya

  • Languages: Arabic (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, diverse dialects of Nilotic, Nilo-Hamitic, Sudanic languages, English; note: program of "Arabization" in process


  • Obama is an African (presumably Dholua or other West Nilotic) word, not a Semitic one.

    Chris Matthews: Terrorist Tape Came From Obama -- Er, Osama -- Headquarters

  • This means crossing a huge mountain range, stumbling into the territory of a Nilotic race, trekking through a jungle and then through a desert, to reach… the pyramids of Egypt.

    Reading & Watching – Aug 2009 « It Doesn't Have To Be Right…


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